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Custom Shop: Curtis Novak
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: Curtis Novak

In the crowded world of aftermarket pickup makers, few continue to explore with as much passion and childlike wonder as Curtis Novak. In this new edition of “Custom Shop,” Jake Serek takes a look into Novak’s work.

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The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping The Lights On
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping The Lights On

This is trying time for all of us. And for those who make their living playing music, things are even more challenging. That's the focus of this new column Ryan just wrote: from the perspective of a gigging musician and a fan of bands and artists too.

Bass Players To Know: Meshell Ndegeocello
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Meshell Ndegeocello

Great artists are known for trailblazing their own path and Meshell Ndegeocello has done just that. With a continually evolving body of work and a successful career as both artist and side person, Meshell Ndegeocello is a bass player to know.

Bass Players To Know: John Stirratt
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: John Stirratt

After attending a recent Wilco performance, Ryan decided it was time to feature John Stirratt in her “Bass Players To Know” series. Check out what Ryan has to say about his playing, along with some notable tracks from Wilco and The Autumn Defense.

Best of 2019: The Top 10 “Ask Damian Erskine” Columns
Ask Damian Erskine, Best of 2019

Best of 2019: The Top 10 “Ask Damian Erskine” Columns

Damian Erskine’s popular “Ask” column ran for over 10 years. On December 4th, Damian announced he was taking a break. He still logged nearly a year’s worth of columns in 2019, covering theory, gigging, gear, and more. Here are the top 10 reader favorites.

Ask Damian Erskine: Farewell (For Now)
Ask Damian Erskine

Ask Damian Erskine: Farewell (For Now)

For over a decade, Damian Erskine has published his “Ask Damian Erskine” column every week. That’s 533 columns. After that impressive run, Damian has decided to take a break. We can’t thank him enough for his contributions over the years.

The Lightbulb Moment: The Lesson Agreement
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: The Lesson Agreement

Many people question the validity of music lessons. Are they worth it? Why do they cost [enter amount]? And what’s the point of having a teacher when you can learn on your own? That’s the topic of Ryan’s latest “Lightbulb Moment” column.

Should You Record Yourself Practicing?
Ask Damian Erskine

Should You Record Yourself Practicing?

A reader asked Damian about his thoughts on recording yourself practicing. Damian, who has long been an advocate of this, breaks down the benefits of recording your practice sessions in this week’s “Ask” column.

Reading Rhythms
Ask Damian Erskine

Reading Rhythms

There’s an art to figuring out rhythms. Ultimately, it comes down to feeling smaller subdivisions. For today’s “Ask Damian” column, we have a video to help us walk through different rhythms and how to decipher them on the fly.

Playing How You “Should” Versus How You “Want”
Ask Damian Erskine

Playing How You “Should” Versus How You “Want”

A reader sent Damian a question that starts like this: “Sometimes I feel like I am supposed to be a certain type of player (especially after watching too many YouTube speed demons).” Check out this week’s column on “playing how you ‘should’ vs. how you ‘want.’”

Bass Players To Know: Bryan Beller
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Bryan Beller

We’ve all heard that James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, but in the world of bass players, there’s no doubt in my mind that this title would go to Bryan Beller. He’s the focus of Ryan’s new “Bass Players to Know” column.

Moving Between Triplets and 16ths
Ask Damian Erskine

Moving Between Triplets and 16ths

This week, Damian got a question about moving between triplets and 16th notes within a single line. He decided to reply with a video on how he feels and practices the divisions.